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    September 17, 2012
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always >> pelley: tonight, a major change for the u.s. in afghanistan. after more americans are killed by their afghan partners, there suspends a program that is supposed to speed our exit. david martin has the breaking news. we now know that libyans tried to save the u.s. ambassador. but where were his security guards? charlie d'agata has the video. dr. jon lapook with a new study that says the u.s. military is not doing enough to fight an epidemic of substance abuse in the ranks. and on this 225th anniversary of our constitution, an independence hall tradition rings a familiar bell. >> what is it about ringing the bell that's special?
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the strategy for getting u.s. forces out of afghanistan depends on training afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves. but tonight the u.s. military is suspending most joint field operations with afghan forces because so many americans are being killed by the men they are training. afghan government troops-- our allies-- have turned their guns on nato forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them americans. that is more attacks than the last two years combined. david martin is breaking this story at the pentagon tonight. >> reporter: the order effectively suspends until further notice most of the operations which is u.s. and afghan troops conduct side by side.
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at higher headquarters, afghans and americans will still work together but in the field small unit operations putting afghan soldiers alongside americans-- the guts of the u.s. strategy to turn the fighting over to the afghans-- will be suspended unless an exception is granted by a commanding general. the order was issued after a long weekend in which four american and two british troops were killed by so-called insider attacks, afghan turning their guns on their supposed allies. joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey called the surge in insider attacks a very serious threat to the campaign. in addition, two marines were killed and eight fighter jet december industry toed by enemy fighters who penetrated a heavily fortified base. a taliban video shot the morning after the attack on camp bastion shows smoke still rising from the most destructive enemy attack of the entire war. just as disturbing is the fact the enemy was able to film this propaganda video from just outside the base.
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the attack began at 10:00 p.m. friday night when a band of 15 enemy fighters somehow eluded detection by security cameras which scanned the entire perimeter of camp bastion. dressed in u.s. army uniforms, they cut their way through the outer wire and blew a hole through the base wall. armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests, they split into teams, each going after a separate target. one went for the harrier jet fighters, another for the fueling stations and a third for the helicopters. within 30 minutes, the damage was done. a quick reaction force finally arrived and, after a two-hour fire fight killed 14 attackers and wounded one who is now in custody. one u.s. official put it simply, scott. he said, "we have got to do a better job at protecting the troops." >> pelley: david, what has the motive been when afghan troops have killed our soldiers and marines? >> reporter: u.s. officials say that somewhere between 10% and 25% of them are the work of
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enemy infiltrators. the rest are the result of personal insults and just plain cultural misunderstandings. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. the capital of afghanistan filled with protesters today as anger continued to spread over that american-made internet film that ridicules islam. cars were burned and rocks were thrown near a u.s. military base. in pakistan, police stopped a march on the u.s. consulate in karachi. and thousands turned out in beirut, lebanon, where the leader of hezbollah urged them to continue the protests. the u.s. government calls hezbollah a terrorist group. the demonstrations began, of course, last week, and tonight we have new details about what happened when that mob overran the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador. charlie d'agata has been piecing
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this story together in benghazi. >> reporter: this cell phone video was shot in the chaotic hours after the consulate was attacked and ambassador chris stevens died. even in the darkness, you can see that some libyans tried to save his life, carrying the body outside to safety. what you don't see is any of the ambassador's american security team. and it's still unclear how they became separated. benghazi resident fahad al bakoush shot the video. he told us he heard somebody yell "there's a body, a foreigner." but bakoush said nobody recognized the ambassador. >> ( translated ): god is great, he's alive, he's alive. >> reporter: bakoush said he didn't see bruising or bleeding but the ambassador's face was red and his lips were black. he told us they tried to find a doctor in the crowd but there was none. then he helped get the ambassador to the hospital. as the attack continued on the consulate, a libyan security official told us he and his team
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started to evacuate the remaining 30 americans to a safe house a mile and a half away. he didn't want to be identified for fear of revenge. but less than an hour after the consulate staff made it to the safe house, it also came under attack. the first attack was from r.p.g.s-- rocket-propelled grenades. then there were mortars. he told us the strikes were extremely accurate, as if the attackers knew exactly what they were aiming for. when we toured the safe house, his account seemed to add up. we saw remnants of mortars on the roof, blood-stained american flak jackets and a helmet. the injured americans were escorted to the benghazi airport, scott, with the help of a local militia that stepped in to help back up the consulate's security while the remaining members of the u.s. staff were then transported to germany. >> pelley: charlie, thanks very much. a branch of the national academy of sciences reported today that
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doctors in military hospitals appear to be overprescribing pain pills, and the result is often addiction. we asked dr. jon lapook to find out more. >> reporter: 30-year-old michael long still has the bullet he took in his back during a tour in iraq in 2005. i can feel it. he says removing it would have been too dangerous. does it cause you pain? >> oh, yeah, it's extremely painful. >> reporter: in a military hospital he got hooked on painkillers. >> at first i ended up taking them the way they prescribed them. then they stopped doing anything and i took twice as much as i was supposed to be taking. it's when you start running out halfway through and you're like, oh, my god, i'm addicted to opiates, i'm a junky. >> reporter: who would refill the prescriptions if you ran out halfway through? >> that's when we had to do the seedier things like dealing with drug dealers or getting... buying drugs off someone else that has painkillers. >> reporter: long entered an army treatment program but continued to abuse drugs. he was arrested and given a bad
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conduct discharge, which meant he couldn't get veterans benefits for future treatment of chronic pain and p.t.s.d. >> to be honest, you're too afraid to admit a drug problem to seek any type of help. >> reporter: today's report called the problem in military medicine a public health crisis. it cites failures in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. it found outdated programs, poorly trained staff, and a lack of confidentiality for patients. >> once the discussion starts, then the treatment can start as well. >> reporter: retired lieutenant general david fridovich became dependent on painkillers in a military hospital after a muscle injury. he calls substance abuse a wound of war. >> soldiers, airmen, marines, they're paying a heavy price and the nation has a debt it can't walk away from for these men and women who served. >> reporter: michael long is now in a recovery program paid for by a private charity. the department of defense says it's analyzing today's recommendations and will work on areas that need improvement. >> pelley: doctor, thanks very much.
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it's 50 days before election day and president obama campaigned today in ohio. and for the second time in three months, he chose that key swing state to announce he is filing an unfair trade complaint against china. this time he's accusing the chinese of illegally driving down the cost of auto parts. a lot of people in ohio work in that business and nancy cordes is there with the president. >> reporter: it was the power of the incumbency at work. mr. obama announcing a move he knew would be well received in a state-- ohio-- that could decide the election. >> today my administration is launching a new action against china. this one against illegal subsidies that encourage companies to ship auto part manufacturing jobs overseas. these are subsidies that directly harm working men and women on the assembly line in ohio and michigan and across the midwest. >> reporter: in a formal complaint to the world trade organization, the administration
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said the chinese government has given its auto industry $1 billion in unfair subsidies that make its cars and auto parts cheaper on world markets. it was the ninth unfair trade complaint this administration has filed against china. for his part, governor romney called the president's move "too little too late." he's been arguing for months that the president is weak on china. today mr. obama disputed that. >> when other countries don't play by the rules, we've done something about it. we brought more trade cases against china in one term than the previous administration did in two. and every case that we've brought that's been decided, we won. >> reporter: the formal challenge the administration filed today is actually a fairly routine action. china filed similar challenges against the u.s. it will now take the world trade center several months, if not more than a year, to make a judgment.
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>> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. governor romney campaigned today in california, and jan crawford reports that mr. romney was courting hispanic voters who could be the key to some of the states that are still in play. >> reporter: at the hispanic chamber of commerce in los angeles, romney talks jobs and the economy and said hispanics have been especially hard hit by the president's policies. >> over two million more hispanics are living in poverty today than the day president obama took office. >> reporter: romney offered new no new specific proposals but told the hispanic group he would turn things around. >> many hispanics have sacrificed greatly to help build our country and economy and to leave for their children a brighter future. today those sacrifices are being put at risk by a president who can't stop spending. >> reporter: the latest poll shows president obama with a commanding lead among hispanics, 64% to romney's 27%. that's about the same margin the president enjoyed four years ago over john mccain. for romney to win key swing
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states like colorado and nevada, campaign advisors say they have to get a larger share of the hispanic vote. but romney will leave california and head east without a campaign stop in either state. instead, he will spend tomorrow fund-raising in utah and texas, two states he can already count on. fund-raising has been a priority for romney. since the republican convention he's campaigned in five of the ten battleground states while making four fund-raising trips to states that are solidly for the president-- new york, illinois, and here in california. all that money will help pay for campaign ads and help keep states in play that were considered out of reach, such as wisconsin. campaign sources say romney has to raise money to keep up with the president whose campaign has outspent him nearly 3-1 on television ads, $148.5 million to $54.6 million. the president will be in new york tomorrow for two fund- raisers of his own. >> pelley: jan's in los angeles tonight.
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jan, i wonder how to governor romney's big donors feel about the way he's spending his time, so much fund-raising. >> reporter: well, scott, we talked to them today and they're split. some of the donors told cbs news they think romney is spending too much time fund-raising, that he needs to get out there on the campaign trail, more in those key swing states. but other donors said, listen, this is part of it now, the president is doing the same thing and the campaign cash that romney is raising now will pay off and do better for him in october and november than just another campaign rally today. >> reporter: jan, thanks. an f.b.i. sting catches a teen terrorist. striking chicago teachers did not go back to work today. and mercury rising around the world when the "cbs evening news" continues. nah. [ dennis' voice ] i bet he's got an allstate agent. they can save you up to 30% more by bundling your policies.
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reality of a stalemate. pay was not an issue, but teacher evaluations tied to student test scores and job security considerations turned out to be stumbling blocks. >> please write the word "trust" in big, giant letters because that's what the problem is here. >> reporter: mayor rahm emanuel said the teachers were breaking the law and he tried to get a judge to order them back to work arguing the strike imposes extreme hardships on the students and is a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the public. the union called emanuel's court filing "vindictive" and consistent with his "bullying behavior" toward the teachers." during the strike debbie roseen has tried to keep her son alec and daughter erin occupied, but it's been tough. so you have two children who would otherwise be in school were it not for this strike. how does that make you feel? >> i'd love them to be at school
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kicking off the year, we got their backpacks, got their pencils sharpened and it's hard for me to explain to them why they're not there today. >> reporter: now, the judge has scheduled a hearing on the city's lawsuit for wednesday, scott, but he may not have to hold it because the union's representatives are meeting tomorrow on whether to suspend their strike. >> pelley: dean, thank you. also in chicago, an accused teenaged terrorist was in federal court today. authorities say 18-year-old adel daoud attempted to blow up a bar in downtown chicago on friday with a car bomb. the bomb didn't explode because it was a fake, made by the f.b.i. as part of a sting operation. daoud is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. the duke and duchess of cambridge are taking the paparazzi to court, and we'll have that story in a minute.
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>> pelley: temperatures around the world are on the rise. a report out today says that last month was the fourth- warmest august on record. according to government scientists, most of the world experienced warmer-than-average temperatures. and the arctic ice is shrinking at a record pace. last month it lost more than 35,000 square miles a day. prince william is trying to stop the spread of those topless pictures of his wife kate, the
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duchess of cambridge. as the royal couple tours the solomon islands, their lawyers are asking a french judge to block further publications of the photographs taken by the paparazzi while william and kate were at a private home. a decision is expected tomorrow. the national zoo in washington has a new arrival, a baby panda. no one has seen the baby clearly yet. that's the mother you see there. zookeepers don't want to disturb the mother. the baby, which is said to be hairless and about the size of a stick of butter, has been making a distinctive chirping sound. it is the second birth for mashung and her mate yenten. that is special anniversary for america and we'll meet some of the patriots that keep freedom ringing. that's next. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected,
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and a 30-tablet free trial. >> second this is the anniversary of the world's oldest written national constitution. our constitution. signed 225 years ago today in philadelphia, in what was then known as the pennsylvania state house and is now independence hall. a few artifacts of that they
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survive including george washington's share with its rising sun, his personal copy of the final draft of the constitution, a silver inkstand used by the signers and why ed andrews tells us that something else has survived with the birthplace of the constitution, american patriotism >> almost every year since she was a child, 60 year-old susan phillips has climbed these 11 flights of stairs, squeezed her way around the support beams and walked to the top of the bell tower of independence hall in philadelphia. >> that is a tough climb? >> this is a time when, we the people, have a chance to be " we the people " and do something, instead of by mechanical means. >> the successor to the liberty bell?
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>> pretty special. >> almost every day the centennial bell is rung on the hour by a machine. except for one day, typically on the fourth of july, when phillips learns the ropes. shall we do one, too, and that we hit it. >> a team rings the bell by hand, phillips is the head bell ringer of the independence hall hist society. there are 13 members in tribute to the 13 colonies. membership is normally handed down in families or by personal invitation, but all the members call it their connection to history. the bells of philadelphia's starting with a liberty bell called citizens to hear news of the revolution and then the declaration of independence. >> i have love coming here, and just being in this atmosphere. >> 91 year-old keith taylor, a decorated veteran, is the oldest member of the society. >> what is it about ringing the
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bell that special? >> maybe i can proclaim my patriotism by ring that bell? >> his respect for the bell has been handed down in his family to his grandson harry and his son in law rich. >> when i rang it i am proud to do it, and i really enjoy it. >> i think is pretty important. >> would like the idea to go on, and we, as moderns, can still do something to commemorate the worst of those who went before us. >> when members of this society ring this bell, in the belt of this city, they report back to the founders, across two centuries, the american experiment is still here. wyatt andrews, cbs news, philadelphia. >> and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all
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round the world, good night. >> good evening i am dana king >> i am alan martin. it is hard to imagine prosecutors and public defenders taking the same side in any case. >> but that is a point of having both, it is exactly what has happened in one bay area county hit hard by budget cuts and ann noterangelo explains that it is criminal justice workers who may soon take their case out of court. >> the county has managed to avoid a strike announcement for another day but it is clear here in contra costa county that the public defenders and a deputy district attorneys are mad and prepared to walk. >> we have made lots of concessions, from the beginning we started off making concessions because we know that times are bad. >> it is getting worse for court-appointed attorneys who will be the lowest paid public defenders in the bay area under the proposed cuts. mike kelly says that have